Herb Formulas Notebook

Gu Chong Tang

(Stabilise Gushing Decoction)

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Source: Essays on Medicine Esteeming the Chinese and Respecting the Western (1918-1934)
Author: Zang Xi Chun / Shou Fu

Category: Formulas that Stabilise and Bind

Pattern: Instability of Qi transformation in the Kidneys causing leakage of the Chong and Ren Mai

Key Symptoms: Uterine bleeding or profuse menstrual bleeding where the blood is thin and pale and either gushes out or continuously trickles out.
Secondary Symptoms: Palpitations and shortness of breath

Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Deficient and big or thin and frail

Bai Zhu 30g (dry fried)
Huang Qi 18g
Shan Zhu Yu 24g
Bai Shao 12g
Long Gu 24g (calcined)
Mu Li 24g (calcined)
Hai Piao Xiao 12g
Zong Lu Pi 6g (charred)
Wu Bei Zi 1.5g
Qian Cao Gen 9g

Several ingredients in this formula need to be substituted in the UK. The standard suggestions are:
Long Gu + Mu Li == Xuan Shen (Sheng Di Huang might be more suitable as it stops bleeding and nourishes the Heart and Kidneys) + Bai Shao + Wu Wei Zi
Hai Piao Shao == Wu Wei Zi + Qian Shi
Wu Bei Zi == Wu Wei Zi
Wu Wei Zi appears to be over-represented in these substitutions and does little to stop bleeding so it might be better to use some alternative astringents such as Chun Pi and Xian He Cao if they are available or even Du Zhong if not.

Preparation: Grind the ingredients into a powder and form into pills with wine. Take 9g twice a day with warm water. May also be taken as a decoction with an appropriate reduction in dosages.

Actions: Augments the Qi, strengthens the Spleen, stabilises the Chong Mai, stops bleeding

Contraindications: Should not be used in cases of metrorragia due to blood stasis (characterised by pain).

Research Links:
Science Direct
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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